Do you have monkeypox?  The CDC recommends no sex, but says masturbation 6 feet apart or virtual sex reduces the risk

Do you have monkeypox? The CDC recommends no sex, but says masturbation 6 feet apart or virtual sex reduces the risk

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that anyone with monkeypox refrain from sex.

However, the CDC also provided a number of ways to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus during sex, as the country faces an increase in monkeypox infections.

“If you or a partner have monkeypox, the best way to protect yourself and others is to avoid sex of any kind (oral, anal, vaginal) and not to kiss or touch each other’s bodies while you are sick, especially not the rash. ” the CDC said. “Don’t share things like towels, fetish equipment, sex toys and toothbrushes.”

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Health workers with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene help people register for the monkeypox vaccine at one of the city's vaccination sites, Tuesday, July 26, 2022, in New York.

Health workers with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene help people register for the monkeypox vaccine at one of the city’s vaccination sites, Tuesday, July 26, 2022, in New York.
(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The CDC went on to provide advice on when, where and how someone with monkeypox can have safer sex.

“Masturbate together at a distance of at least 6 feet, without touching each other and without touching any rash,” advises the CDC. “Remember to wash your hands, fetish equipment, sex toys, and fabric (bedding, towels, clothing) after having sex.”

“Consider having sex with your clothes on or covering areas where the rash is present, and minimize skin-to-skin contact. If the rash is confined to the genitals or anus, condoms may help, but condoms alone are probably not enough to prevent monkeypox.”

People wait to receive the monkeypox vaccine at a mass vaccination site in Manhattan on July 26, 2022 in New York City.

People wait to receive the monkeypox vaccine at a mass vaccination site in Manhattan on July 26, 2022 in New York City.
(Liao Pan/China News Service via Getty Images)

Earlier this week, the Biden administration named top officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to serve as White House coordinators to combat the monkeypox outbreak.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said Thursday he was declaring a public health emergency because of the monkeypox outbreak.

Later Thursday, President Biden tweeted that he remained “committed to our response to monkeypox: increasing vaccine distribution, expanding testing and educating at-risk communities.”

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